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FFA Members Take Home Awards from State Convention

LAS CRUCES - Moriarty FFA won the top chapter award, four outstanding members were named state stars and more than 100 members earned state and American FFA degrees during the state convention at New Mexico State University.



FFA member Keely Goodgame from San Jon sets up her winning microbiology display Monday at the agriscience fair during the state FFA convention at New Mexico State University. Goodgame placed first in her division. (06/09/2005) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by Aspen Lyon)

Winners of 10 contests held during the convention were also recognized June 6-9.

Moriarty captured the leadership sweepstakes, presented to the chapter collecting the most points during the convention. Moriarty also won awards for largest membership, public relations and superior chapter.

The superior chapter award is based on an application and program activities in 18 different areas. The top five winners - Moriarty, Las Vegas, Artesia, Mesa Vista and Clovis, respectively - will represent New Mexico at the national level.

Other chapter awards went to Alamogordo for best program of activities and Belen for best scrapbook. Rhea Lynn Leonard of Artesia was named outstanding reporter. Danika Jackson of Las Cruces, Lindsey Jaramillo of Moriarty and Cal Wenzel of Silver City won Ace reporter awards for submitting a required amount of news stories.

Four members received the Blue and Gold President's Award for leading activities within the chapter: Ruben Trujillo of Artesia, Morgan Nelson of Las Cruces, Bret Lewis of Las Vegas and Rayshell Fulfer of Moriarty.

More than 100 members earned state FFA degrees by completing two years of agricultural education classes and conducting an agribusiness enterprise where members earn or invest $1,000 in the project.

Four top applicants for state degrees received state star awards based on years in FFA, projects, and investments and earnings. Melissa Freitas of Texico was the star in greenhand agribusiness (first year member), Mikayla Cherry of Texico won a star in greenhand production (first year member), Charli Porter of Hatch was the star in agribusiness, and Cammi Moore of Des Moines won a star in production.

Fourteen New Mexico members received American FFA degrees for completing five years of FFA and earning or investing $10,000.

FFA degree recipients and first place teams and individual winners in the public speaking events, agriscience fair, job interview, quiz, marketing plan, agriculture issues and FFA creed contests are listed below by chapter.

ANIMAS
American degree: Andrew Peterson and Kari Peterson. State degree: Victoria Parkhill.

ARTESIA
Quiz contest: Tory Burnett, high point individual. American degree: Jake Klein, Deonna Neel and Mandy Prude. State degree: Jordan Blount, Denny Burnett, Kelsey Chandler, Ryleigh Garthwaite, Rhea Lynn Leonard, Caitlin Lindsey, Randa Stageberg and Leticia Varelas.

AZTEC
Agriscience: Kevin Lane, first in environmental science division one.

BELEN
State degree: Casey Garcia, Alexandra Hodges and Deeann Sanchez.

CARLSBAD
State degree: Brooke Hughes, Jenni McCutcheon and Danna McIntire.

CARRIZOZO
State degree: Justus Wilson.

CLAYTON
State degree: Sarah Emery, Jakoby Jantz, Tiffany Lawrence and Micah Wolfferth.

CLIFF
Greenhand prepared public speaking: Shannon Norris, first.

CLOVIS
State degree: Cole Andes.

CORONADO
State degree: Amy Schmitz.

DEMING
State degree: Ashley Hollis.

DES MOINES
Agriscience student of the year: Kelli Goodan. Job interview: Cheyenne Dixon, first. American degree: Ginger Goodan and Meghan Johnson. State degree: Ben Doherty, Kelli Goodan, Emily Kennedy, Cammi Moore and Oliver Newkirk.

DEXTER
American degree: John Swarengin.

ESTANCIA
State degree: Francisco Anaya, Judd Gardner, Jace McMath, Lindsay Mitchell and Joshua Walsh.

FLOYD
Agriscience: Jessica Christiansen and Dana Woods, first in zoology team division. State degree: Ricardo Navarrete, Sam Newton and John Pritchett.

GODDARD
State degree: Kyle Bachman, Justin Ellis, Kotah Hargrove, Russell Hendricks and Taryn Taylor.

GRADY
State degree: Heather Blackburn and Colt Gran.

HAGERMAN
Quiz contest: Justin Squire, Bill Squire, Karol Rodriguez and Kayla Dunnahoo, first place team. Greenhand creed: Karol Rodriguez, first. State degree: Jesus Avitia, Jonathan Munoz, Allen Pilley and Andrew Rodriguez.

HARDING COUNTY
State degree: Tanner Mitchell.

HATCH
State degree: Amanda Avalos, Joey Cahill Jr., Rebecca Medina, Charli Porter and Shayla Stroik.

HOUSE
State degree: Amber Doucet.

LAS CRUCES
State degree: Ashley Blackwell, Jacquelynn Glover, Michael Massad and Paco Martin.

LAS VEGAS
Agriculture marketing plan: Sara Mathews, Patrick Gutierrez and Audra Martinez, first place team. Agricultural issues contest: Michael Gutierrez, Leigha Gallegos, Garrett Chavez, Dominick Chavez, Mariselo Garcia and Arcenio Lujan, first place team.

LOGAN
State degree: Denton Dowell and Drew Perez.

LOS LUNAS
American degree: Marie Cadieux and Tessie Emond. State degree: Shyanne Easley, Paul Moya and Mace Wells.

LOVING
State degree: Courtney Ballard, Leo Lopez, Valerie Onsurez and Adam Rios.

LOVINGTON
State degree: Zach Ozborn and Andy Wilhoit.

MELROSE
State degree: Christi Allen, Casey Estes, Kelly Fish, Brock Graham, Audrey Hemminger, Justin Lockmiller, Cage Riley, Cedar Rush and Tyler Tatum.

MESA VISTA
American degree: Andrew Lujan. State degree: Sammy Gurule, Katherine Gutierrez, Mariaelena Jaramillo, Shawn Madrid, Joel Martinez and Kevin Vasquez.

MORIARTY
Chapter prepared public speaking and extemporaneous public speaking, Amy Lamb, first. State degree: Ashley Geiser, Terry Henson, Brandi Howell, Ashley Jacobs and Nina Sandberry.

QUEMADO
State degree: Rebecca Carver, Jesse Elliot, Bud Geng, Tyler Leyba, Shad Ortega and Chance Williams.

SAN JON
Agriscience: Keely Goodgame, first in microbiology. Agriscience: Tyce Foster, first in environmental science division two. State degree: Jennifer Choate, Ryan Livingston, Cahill Sours and Kristina Marshall.

SANTA ROSA
State degree: Melissa Chavez and Dominique Roybal.

SIERRA MIDDLE SCHOOL
Agriscience: Katie Grandle, first in botany.

SOCORRO
State degree: Ashley Lynch, Shawna McLain and Kiane Pound.

TATUM
State degree: Melissa Augustine

TEXICO
Agriscience: Ricky Burns, first in zoology. American degree: Corey Bell, Kevin Burns and Wade Richardson. State degree: Taryn Allen, Brittany Anderson, Patrick Burns, Skyla Cockerham, Sarah Johnson, Logan Potts, Lacy Price, Lori Richardson and Curtis Williams.

TUCUMCARI
State degree: Sarah Burson.